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Title: Traditional uses of some medicinal plants of Swat Valley, Pakistan
Authors: Hamayun, Muhammad
Keywords: Folk medicine
Medicinal plants
Conservation status
Swat valley
Issue Date: Oct-2007
Publisher: CSIR
IPC CodeInt. Cl.⁸: A61K36/00, A61P1/00, A61P1/02, A61P1/04, A61P1/06, A61P1/10, A61P9/14, A61P11/00, A61P11/06, A61P11/10, A61P13/00, A61P13/02, A61P15/00, A61P17/00, A61P17/02, A61P19/00, A61P19/02, A61P25/00, A61P25/08, A61P29/00, A61P31/02, A61P35/00, A61P39/02
Abstract: An ethnobotanical project was carried out in Swat valley in order to explore medicinal plants present in the local markets and their medicinal folk uses in the area. It was found that 51 species of medicinal plants belonging to 32 different families makes their way to the main local markets of Mingora and Madyan. Few of these are also traded to national and international markets. The people of Swat use indigenous medicinal plants for curing different ailments and also sell them in the local market for earning their livelihood. These medicinal plants are sold in the local market in fresh form, as the collectors are poor and needy. Some species are however, cleaned, sun dried and stored in plastic bags. During storage process, a considerable proportion of medicinal plants are lost. The population of medicinal plants has considerably decreased over past 15-20 yrs and the prime reasons are the increased dependency of locals on medicinal plants marketing, lack of job opportunities, non-sustainable harvesting methods like digging of whole plant and increased deforestation.
Page(s): 636-641
ISSN: 0972-5938
Source:IJTK Vol.06(4) [October 2007]

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